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US Press: pick of the papers

The ten must-read opinion pieces from today's US papers.

1. Putting Chicago into detox (Chicago Tribune)

For aldermen addicted to binge spending, former White House chief of staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel's rigorous budget is one step toward recovery.

2. Tied up in knots (Washington Post)

What's the GOP's favorite solution? asks E.J. Dionne. Doing nothing.

3. How to Stop the Drop in Home Values (New York Times)

The only real solution to plummeting home values is to permanently reduce the mortgage debt hanging over America, writes Martin S. Feldstein.

4. Education: Too much testing? (Los Angeles Times)

This editorial argues that Gov. Jerry Brown was wrong to veto SB 547, but he made important points about the love of learning.

5. The price of privacy (Boston Globe)

Juliette Kayyem asks: What's in a name? When it's an FBI source, quite a lot. The BG, its competitors, readers, and a lot of media critics are now arguing over the Globe's decision to report the name of the tipster who led the FBI to fugitive James "Whitey'' Bulger.

6. Can Occupy Wall Street give progressives a lift? (Washington Post)

OWS must raise the consciousness of backsliding congressional Democrats who have decided that, unlike the president, they do not believe that "the rich" begin at household incomes of $250,000, says George F. Will.

7. Henninger: The Unsinkable Mitt Romney (Wall Street Journal)

According to Danniel Henninger, this candidate will have to be pushed a lot harder to make him a good president.

8. Pop goes the bubble of Obama's phantom green jobs (San Francisco Chronicle)

Before the Senate failed to pass his American Jobs Act Tuesday, President Obama made a last-ditch speech to talk up his troubled bill. But not once did Obama mention "green jobs" - his erstwhile jobs of the future, Debra J. Saunders reminds readers.

9. Life-and-death power of AIDS funding (Politico)

Elton John and Senator Bill Nelson pen an op-ed, arguing that reducing the medication offered by government assistance programs is shortsighted.

10. Fight ban on single-sex schools (USA Today)

Christina Hoff Sommers feels that eight misguided academics are meddling with public education.